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The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds…

The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract…

by Barb Rosenstock (Author), Mary GrandPré (Illustrator)

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Can you image that paintings can sing? This amazing picture book tells us a story that the man called Vasya can paint the sound of the color with his “noisy paint box”. He uses the feeling of colors to draw pictures when he grows up. The paintings of him is a kind of abstract painting that get lots people’s welcome. This is a realism book and the pictures in this book are drew by water Color. ( )
  QianqiongWang | Feb 9, 2016 |
This book is written base on Kandinsky's story, but it can't be a history fiction because the colors can be heard by the little boy magically. The colors are noisy in the painting box which arouses Kandinsky's awareness of painting abstract art. By using Acrylic in the illustrations, this story shows what art supposed to be -- our own deep feeling. This book can be used in k-6 levels to develop children's understanding on art. ( )
  Aliceyeol | Feb 7, 2016 |
This picture book is a historical fiction with Caldecott honor. It tells us a story of how a little boy thinks and jumps out of the box and become a unique and successful artist. Through a special paint box, this little boy saw a magical world of colors and music. In his eyes, the colors can sing, and the music can dance. He firmly believes that art should people feel like music even though others can not understand and agree with him. His characters of persistence and his interaction with art reflects the unique nature of a Child, who is sensitive and creative. Thus, the story can remind us as teachers or parents that we should respect our children, appreciate their creativity, and support their dreams. ( )
  CarolLuo | Jan 29, 2016 |
After reading the book by Rosenstock, it really brought Kandinsky, the Artist, to life. He was expected to live an austere and proper life. This included school work, adhering to the expected ways of his world and the like. When introduced to the paint box, his world opened up in unimaginable ways. He heard music coming from it. Vasya was able to associate the auditory sense (hearing) to the visual sense of seeing colors. The colors took on a lifelike quality. He was extremely creative, however, his immediate elders were not so impressed with his new found interest. He painted broad strokes of color and not traditional paintings. So Vasya took the more accepted career path of becoming a lawyer. When he went to the Opera - we see this synesthesia or associative blending of the senses occurring again and it is fascinating. As here the opera was the stimulus to his response of color. So we see it in reverse from when he was a child: the opera re-opened up his paint box or creativity. He then returned to his art. He was more interested in how people responded to his art. How it made them feel. The book is inspirational in that he inspires others to follow their dreams. The illustrations reflect design elements of repetition of shape, color and number, You see illuminated swirls of color and light. All of this transports us into his world and will appeal to children learning about the abstract art form. A great book all around. ( )
  ShelleyR | Jan 26, 2016 |
Vasya Kadinsky, a Russian painter, was used to living a life where he was expected to always be proper. His aunt gave him a paint box one day and from then on Kadinsky enjoyed art. When he painted, Kadinsky heard noises coming from his paint box that no one else could hear. He enjoyed painting the sounds of the colors instead of the usual things like houses and flowers. As the years went by, he tried to ignore his noisy paint box, but where ever he went he could not ignore the colors he saw. When he went to the opera he could see the colors of the music the orchestra was playing. He did not like painting the traditional things that other artists painted and he thought that "art should make you feel." Kadinsky created abstract art with the help of his noisy paint box. This was an interesting book. The illustrations made the book come alive and helped the reader see what Kadinsky saw when he was painting. ( )
  mwinningkoff | Jan 25, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307978486, Hardcover)

Vasya Kandinsky was a proper little boy: he studied math and history, he practiced the piano, he sat up straight and was perfectly polite. And when his family sent him to art classes, they expected him to paint pretty houses and flowers—like a proper artist.
But as Vasya opened his paint box and began mixing the reds, the yellows, the blues, he heard a strange sound—the swirling colors trilled like an orchestra tuning up for a symphony! And as he grew older, he continued to hear brilliant colors singing and see vibrant sounds dancing. But was Vasya brave enough to put aside his proper still lifes and portraits and paint . . . music?
In this exuberant celebration of creativity, Barb Rosenstock and Mary GrandPré tell the fascinating story of Vasily Kandinsky, one of the very first painters of abstract art. Throughout his life, Kandinsky experienced colors as sounds, and sounds as colors—and bold, groundbreaking works burst forth from his noisy paint box.
Backmatter includes four paintings by Kandinsky, an author’s note, sources, links to websites on synesthesia and abstract art.

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Describes how his creative life was profoundly shaped by a neurological condition called synesthesia which caused him to experienced colors as sounds and sounds as colors.

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